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Maria Guerin says the UK is leading the way when it comes to cancer care
Maria Guerin

Lung cancer clinical nurse specialist (CNS) Maria Guerin has devoted her nursing career to improving the lives of people with lung cancer in the Liverpool area.

Maria Guerin

Ms Guerin started her nurse training in December 1986 at Liverpool’s Fazakerley School of Nursing, less than three weeks after her 18th birthday. Her first job after qualifying in 1989 was on an acute respiratory ward at Fazakerley Hospital, now Aintree University Hospital, where she developed an interest and a passion for caring for people with lung cancer.

‘Lung cancer was very much the “forgotten” cancer at that time, with little resources and support available to improve treatment and patient care,’ she says.

In the early 1990s, Ms Guerin was involved in instrumental regional work on developing lung cancer pathways, which identified the need for named specialist nurses. This was backed by the 1995 Calman-Hine


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